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Grateful Dead Live at Irvine Meadows on 1985-04-14

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Grateful Dead Live at Irvine Meadows on 1985-04-14

Topics Live concert

Touch Of Gray-> Hell In A Bucket-> Sugaree-> Down In The Bottom-> I Ain't Superstitous, Brown Eyed Women, Tons Of Steel, Big Railroad Blues, Looks Like Rain-> Don't Ease Me In I Need A Miracle-> China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Women Are Smarter-> He's Gone-> Drums-> Dear Mr. Fantasy-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Gloria

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Irvine Meadows
Location Irvine, CA

Source SBD> Master Cassette> DAT> CDR> EAC> SHN


SBD> Master Cassette> DAT> CDR> EAC> SHN; DAE (EAC) + SHN Encoding by Jeff M.


Reviewer: strangher11 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 2, 2015
Subject: I saw Jerrys feet leave the rug
Without a doubt one of the fondest memories of Jerry, during the jam of Dear Mr. Fantasy Jerry was so into it he jumped up while jammin, wasn't a zap, he was having so much fun that night.
An excellent show
Reviewer: kee-zee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 26, 2015
Subject: Takes dynamite to get me up~~!
I liked what I've listened too..I read someone below state Hoo Hum 1st set..I kinda liked it~They were pulling out some cool song selections in 85 and this show is a perfect example of that with ..Sugaree>Bottom>Superstitious,Brown Eyed Women~~~~ OY VEY~I'll take it all day~~! HOW OFTEN DID YOU HEAR THAT PAIRING~~~>RIGHT..The 2nd set just flows with some passionate heat..I really dug the Dear Mr. Fantasy out of Never Ever Land..enough of me~!! GIVE IT A WHIRL~Forever Grateful>Forever Dead
Reviewer: brentmydland7990 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2012
Subject: Space -> Fantasy
borderline psychotic, homicidal Space into a spiritual, gospel-like Fantasy. April was always a magical month for the guys 79 on
Reviewer: corby112 - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 2, 2010
Subject: Great Sugaree!
This is probably the weaker of the two Irvine shows IMO. There are some really nice moments including a rare Gloria but overall the playing isn't as focused as on the 13th.

The first set is very brief but most of the songs are played very well including an excellent Sugaree. The show starts off with an energetic Touch but the vocals are a touch rough. This segues into a very energetic Bucket that features some hot leads from Jerry. Sugaree is next and is the highlight of the whole show. Jerry sounds great and the second jam is epic, featuring amazing lead work. This version has to be heard. The rest of the set is competent but brief without anything too exciting except the Looks Like Rain. This is a great version, featuring passionate emotional vocals from Bobby and excellent leads from Garcia, especially dring the songs climax. Another highlight that everyone should hear.

The second set starts off with an uneventful Miracle but things heat up with a nice China>Rider. The transition jam in particular is very strong. Man Smart is bouncy and fun segueing into a mediocre He's Gone that has an interesting outro jam that leads into drums. Post Space is pretty uneventful but does feature a brief yet very energetic and inspired Other One. Primal! Wharf Rat features some brutal vocals but nice instrumentation before segueing into a rousong Sugar Mags to close the show.
Reviewer: micah6vs8 - - April 20, 2010
Subject: Hidden Gem
First Dead tape ever. Given to me by someone that's now gone over. 2nd set gets better and better. Very good '85 in all it's glory . A-- sound
Reviewer: 1985deadheadCA - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 25, 2008
Subject: Hands down the best Hell In a Bucket I have ever heard!
My origional bootleg I have of this show had
All Over Now> St. Steven, and also Warewolves Of London, and Gloria. I am still trying to find that ALL Over Now>St Steven, that is a trip and a half, also the best I have ever heard, they played awesome this show, and Sugaree, oh man, good ole days for sure!!!!
Reviewer: NYLifer - favorite - April 14, 2008
Subject: chimpmunks
Sounds like ti needs to be reampled from 48 down to 44.1!
Reviewer: lobster12 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 16, 2006
Subject: nice
solid 85 here. No complaints.

To Flyer: concur on the frost 82 LLR. Also try night 2 in Hartford spring 88. I ripper as well
Reviewer: Dylanstubs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 21, 2006
Subject: 1000 micrograms to the head
This was a great show to dose at. Most of the drunks wore themselves out the night before, and there was nice room to move around in Orch left, I think 10th row or so. The band was absolutely on fire, and playing at top speed all night. It felt like it was raining during LLR (it wasn't, just acid rain) and there were these amazing waves of bass emanating from the stage during Space. Gloria was like the reward for surviving the trip, which was really hard at some points. Some tough white blotter that evening.

My favorite memory is the guy standing stock still during the foot-flyin' Sugar Mag jam, with his arms stretched out sideways and his palms upturned as if to say "what is this?"
Reviewer: PFflyerkid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 15, 2006
Subject: Looks Like OK
Looks Like Rain fans. not bad...Jerry does some drippy martian jelly guitar work. My fave though is from 10-10-82 Stanford. The band really swings it and Weir hits the verse vocal cues hard.
Reviewer: AaronBang - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 27, 2005
Subject: WOW!!! Un-freakin'-believeable!
Man, they start the generator up in the Touch and just hit the ground RUNNING on this one! The Touch is so groovy it makes the Bucket seem like a lite little ditty; a reprieve from the fever pace set by the Touch. Nice early version back-up vocals in Touch, too. Bucket is tight and funky-chunky, just the way you like it. Jerry takes back over with a Sugaree that rolls in like an old friend. Down in the Bottom/ Superstitious keeps the funk rubbin' on it, and the B. E. Women is sooo tight... Garcia is, of course, the man- his runs are catastrophic in here. The railroad song/americana/blues theme continues with Tons of Steel (nice early vocal work in here) and Big RxR (Jerry's playing is crisp but vocals are a bit weak- probably the one song you can skip on set 1). L. L. Rain is very sincere with powerful phrasing from Garcia, and don't even get me started on the Don't Ease. Sick, sick first set. The second set, well... you've probably got the DeadBase in front of you, so you know what that's like. All I can say is, hell's yes! Download this puppy- it's a definite keeper.
Reviewer: mustabeenthedoses - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 6, 2005
Subject: Looks Like Rain
as the other reviews state this is a great first set but imho what really makes it special is the Looks Like Rain, has to be one of the best ever performed! It sends chills down my spine and I will argue with anybody that it is prolly the best ever, although there are many, many great versions this is the greatest of them all!
Reviewer: flashbackmagic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 22, 2005
Subject: He's Gone
and ain't nothing gonna bring him back...except for the archive that is!
Reviewer: benjaminb - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 4, 2005
Subject: Gloria

Set 2 just gets warmer and warmer. Download.
Reviewer: gemsing777 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 21, 2004
Vintage 85...a tad speedy...Jerry's lick's are all but flawless, yet the vocals as strong and heart-felt as they are, indicate a bit of illness I am so sad to write. But in a way, this is what trademarked this 85 sound, on the verge of utter harmonious excellence, but like every silver lining, a touch of gray tainted the colored canvas of charismatic addict-induced phenomenal foundation of fun-filled phil-zoned phanatical flawleshlessness?!@#$%^&*I started to give this 4 stars...for being speedy, but this is just the sound they had this time around and upon further review, I give it 5 stars...Jerry is on. Brent is out there especially on Looks like Rain...which I never thought I would comment on...well, now it's out of space and I'm listening to Fantasy....
Reviewer: Steinbergerman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 14, 2004
Subject: No ho here
The 1st set may not look interesting on paper, but holy mackerel were they SMOKIN! Absolutely furious playing in the 1st set.

The presence of a Gloria usually indicates the band having a great time, and this night was no exception.
Reviewer: peacenik - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 30, 2004
Subject: Underrated
A rip-roaring '85 2nd set. I only give it 4 because of the ho-hum 1st set.
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